This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.
We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to protect the leisure and health services currently offered by the Queen Mother Sports Centre on Vauxhall Bridge Road, and raise concerns about the current Council consultation for the site and surrounding areas. More details
Petition update from the council, 02 March 2017Dear Cllr Williams,
Cc: petition signatories
Re: Response to Petition- Queen Mother Sports Centre
I am writing to you as lead petitioner in response to the petition received by the Council entitled ‘protect the leisure and health services currently offered by the Queen Mother Sports Centre on Vauxhall Bridge Road, and raise concerns about the current Council consultation for the site and surrounding areas’. The petition has now closed and received a total of 374 signatures.
As stated in the Development Opportunity Framework (DOF) consultation document, a new sports and leisure centre will form a major part of any redevelopment of the site and the use of the site is strongly protected by planning policy. I can assure you that the Council is absolutely committed to retaining and improving the much loved Queen Mother Sports Centre, which will remain at the heart of the area and any future developments.
The main objective of the DOF is to guide development proposals to ensure the right development happens at the site at the right scale, mix of uses etc to ensure the site achieves its potential (including an improved sports and leisure offer) in line with the vision the Council has for the site. We also need to recognise that at some point significant investment will be needed to maintain or improve the standard of the sports and leisure offer at the Queen Mother site.
The feedback from the DOF consultation included a lot of support for the development of a bigger, better and altogether improved public sports and leisure centre to accommodate rising demand and provide a place for affordable exercise in an area that lacks in open space. The Council’s commitment to provide an enhanced sports and leisure offer and to ensure that the facilities and services remain highly accessible (e.g. by maintaining fees and charges for any new public leisure centre at the same levels as all other Council run centres) positively aligns with this feedback.
Officers are reviewing feedback from the first round of consultation in detail and it is anticipated that a second round of consultation on the DOF will take place later this year.
The Council is very committed to an extensive programme of consultation and engagement on any proposals regarding any future development to ensure the views and priorities for residents, leisure centre customers and stakeholders are taken on board.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries regarding this matter.
Director of Community Services
More details from petition creator
We want a sports centre to remain on the site with the same square footage and space with no reduction in size for the gym, pool, health clinic and other facilities presently offered.
The Queen Mother Sports Centre is an important community asset which is much used and valued by local residents and workers. Any changes should only seek to improve facilities rather than reduce them, and ensure that charges remain affordable for the majority of current users.